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Johnny Cueto has shoulder inflammation; will be shut down for 7-10 days

Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 10: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game 3 of the NLDS at Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Johnny Cueto left his start Saturday after just one inning because he was suffering from biceps stiffness. The Reds flew Cueto to Cincinnati yesterday for an arm exam this morning with team doctors. The verdict: “shoulder inflammation,” which seems more like a symptom than a malady, but what do I know? The upshot

: he’ll be shut down for a week to ten days and then begin a throwing program.

This almost certainly knocks him out of his first start of the year. That is, unless his “throwing program” is two days long or something. He could probably use time on the shelf, though, as he had some forearm tightness about ten days ago too. Something ain’t right in Cueto’s arm.